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One could argue that no other position is affected most by PPR than the running back position. My response would be, why are we arguing bro? I agree with you! While wide receiver and tight end rankings are obviously affected by receptions, running backs are still the cream of the crop when it comes to the fantasy draft. And the PPR curveball (baseball metaphor in a football post? Dangerous and exciting…) certainly sends massive tidal waves that would surely kill some dinosaurs. But only if said tidal wave was caused by an asteroid hitting Earth. And if the tidal wave was actually a tsunami. And if it was 230 million years ago. But that’s besides the point, but not really, because President Reagan cut taxes like a velociraptor, so we know they existed recently. Science bro. But yeah. What were we talking about again?

So, as always, what was stated in the standard scoring ranking’s post for running backs still applies here, but with some variation. Look at Matt Forte, who I wouldn’t mind someone picking number one overall in a PPR league. Not only are you getting his 1,500 yards / 10 TD projection, but also an extra 70 points along with that, just from him catching a ball. I never get points from catching balls. Then again, I probably shouldn’t be touching balls to begin with. Ninja, kittens, etc.

Obviously, going with Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy isn’t a bad idea either, and I actually think, that unlike previous seasons, Adrian Peterson will have some bonus value in PPR’s with Norvitus flowing strong in Viking country. What it’s doing in Sweden though is anyone’s best guess.

Reggie Bush, Danny Woodhead, Andre Ellington, and Darren Sproles are the biggest benefactors, while guys like Alfred Morris and Steven Jackson lose some value. I would mention the quarterback still known as the elite-checkdown artist, Joe Flacco, certainly would help inflate Ray Rice‘s value, but then he would just knock-out his fiancée again. I’m sorry, you’re right, how insensitive of me. She’s not his fiancée anymore, she’s his wife. I like their odds.

You may now uppercut the bride…


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  1. Good work Jay. I’m keeping a close eye on Lamar Miller this preseason. Knowshon is just chilln’ on his yacht and hittin’ Miami beach with all his new cash in hand.

    • Jay

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      Yeah, there are some guys I just don’t want to own this season, Miller is probably one of them. Just got tired of him last season… most likely an irrational reason, and he could certainly do something this year with Moreno’s injury, but I don’t like that offense, especially the OL.

  2. J-MoneyIV says:
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    Jay! Loving the rankings so far.
    I play in a 14 team .5 PPR league. For keepers, we can keep any two players in the first two rounds of the draft.

    I plan on keeping AP in the 1st and have to choose between Stacy and Cobb for the second. I wanted to wait until today to ask this to see all your rankings, but it seems like you really like Stacy this year, especially in PPR. Would it make a difference if I can only flex WR/TE and only start 2 RB?

    You are not afraid of Stacy losing his starting job to Mason or a RBBC? I only ask because I’ve heard some talk of this, but do not know enough about it to make a decision.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      No, I think Tre Mason is still very raw, and still needs to learn how to block on third down. That being said, these rankings are fluid, and he could move up as we get closer to the season. And I’m high on Stacy, yeah, but I think he has a ceiling called ‘facing SF and SEA four times’. That being said, he’s still a RB1 this year. With your format though, I’m going Cobb, I think he’s primed for a big year.

  3. Ron says:
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    Zac Stacy and Gio – which one has to worry most about the newly drafted rookie RB taking away touches?

    • Jay

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      Neither. I think Mason is a project right now and Hill will probably take over Law Firm’s role.

  4. Clint says:
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    I’m starting to wonder if Ray Rice could be a nice value pick. Did the analysis of his decline show anything clear cut, skill-wise? I know comparison to Shaun Alexander have been made but it seemed more conjecture than him actually not being able to perform as he did before. Everyone said the Jags’ RB’s were done for years and they always seemed to come up as value picks (Fragile Freddie & MJD recently).

    • Jay

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      @Clint: If he doesn’t miss any time, yeah, he has value. The ranking reflects that I’m not expecting a full season, but he could move up as time goes on.

      His OL certainly didn’t help him last year, but I’m not sure he’s much higher than a RB-2 at his best. Around the same area, there are other backs I’d rather have is all.

  5. Brett says:
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    Jay

    I am in a 12 team Ppr dynasty league were we keep 3. We play 2 rb 2 wr 1 rb/wr. How our league works is when you draft a player he can be held forever. The pick cost remains the same year 1 then goes down a round the next two years and then stays at that value forever. For example I drafted Bernard in rd 3 last year. This year he costs a 3rd round pick. Next year he will be a 4th round pick and in the following year he will cost a 5th round pick and will remain there as long as I keep him.

    My dilemma is I have 5 keeper options to choose from and don’t know what to do. I am listing current value and what there eventual possible values in parenthesis. I draft 11 of 12 so end of 3rd rd.

    Some more info there are few rb available Murray Jennings bush are the top ones while there is more wr probably available d Thomas garçon Marshall Cruz v jax white Fitz a Johnson Hilton are the best available.

    Cobb 15 round this year will eventually be a 16 rd
    Nelson 12 round forever
    Bernard 3rd (5rd)
    Stacy 6th (8rd)
    Foster 5rd (5rd)

    Please help me and thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brett: Out of those guys, I’d probably keep Cobb, Nelson and Stacy, trying to turn that 3rd and 5th into some of those available names. Unless I misunderstood the question.

      • Brett says:
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        @Jay: jay I agree with Stacy and one of the packers wr for sure but why both over Bernard especially with lack of rb available vs the number f wr available? If I were to go with Bernard which packer would you keep Cobb rd 14 or Nelson rd 12?

        Thanks

        • Jay

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          @Brett: I watched Benard last season… gut feeling, but I’m not sure he takes a huge leap this season.

          But if you are going to keep one, has to be Nelson.

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      @Brett:

      No way. Cut Stacy and keep Bernand.

      Stacy had a great year… But drafting of Tre Mason sends a pretty serious message. Plus, he plays six times a year against three top defenses.

      • Jay

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        I think Tre Mason is still pretty raw, and doesn’t block well on third downs. Coachable, sure, but if you bring up Tre Mason, why not bring up Jeremy Hill?

  6. Spiller – Why so high?
    Le’Veon – What’s he done wrong except miss the first 6 games last year? Extrapolate those figures, and re-rank.
    Chris Johnson – What’s special about the Jets offense to justify his ranking boost?
    Mathews – Fell back into favor with coaching staff and turned it on for the last six games. Woodhead was used much less during that run.

    • Jay

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      @James R: I think Spiller can be a bit more dynamic this season. I like Bell… but I just like those ahead of him more. I think the way they utilize Johnson will help him keep that ranking. I like Mathews a lot, but he’s not really a pass-catching RB. Woodhead is a boon in PPR’s, 76 receptions last season (second most)… I’m not worried.

  7. Coach Mike says:
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    Hi Jay – Enjoy your articles. Entertaining, Insightful and informational.

    12 Team Keeper league – standard scoring.

    Lots of value pics here – need to keep 3.
    Your choices along with any additional comments would be appreciated.

    Player/Round I get them

    Demaryius. Thomas/1st
    AJ Green/ 4th
    Alshon Jeffery/6th
    Julius. Thomas/9th
    Zac Stacy/12th

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jay

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      Thanks!

      Jeffery, Thomas, and Stacy. Generally, I wouldn’t mind keeping DT and AJ, but at those rounds, you could probably get one or two on the redraft. There’s no way you are getting the three other guys at that value.

  8. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Jay: In a keep forever 2QB league with 1 PPR and .25 PPC, pick two keepers:

    LeVeon Bell
    Zac Stacy
    Brandon Marshall
    RG3

    Thanks Buddy!

    • Jay

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      Marshall and RG3.

  9. Alex says:
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    Hey I am in a keeper league where we can keep three players. I’m definitely going to keep Brees but who else would you keep? I’m leaning towards Ball and Julius thomas. .5 ppr 6 points for all touchdowns.
    Montee Ball (lose 5th round pick)
    Gio Bernard (lose 4th round pick)
    Julius Thomas (lose 8th round pick)
    Randall Cobb (lose 8th round pick)
    Keenan Allen (Lose 9th round pick)

    Thanks!

    • Jay

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      How many more do you get to keep? I think Thomas is a no brainer. And maybe against the general train of thought, I’d definitely consider keeping Cobb in anything PPR. I think we’ll see a resurgent GB offense this year.

      • Alex says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks for the help. I can keep 3 so I think keeping Brees and Thomas should be 2 out of the 3. It’s a .5 ppr league so I think maybe keeping Cobb as well. Do you think I would be foolish not keeping Montee Ball or Gio bernard?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Not at all. To be honest, I’m not entirely high on Ball or Bernard. I respect their talent, but I think everyone is higher on than where I have them.

  10. Ron says:
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    12 team .5PPR Keeper league. I won the championship last year and I have some tough keeper decisions this year that were further complicated with Gordon screwing us all!

    Here are how the rules shake loose. I lose the pick for the round listed next to the player and can only keep players for 1-3 years max depending on round listed (see chart). If two players are the same round then you lose that round and the next round pick.

    Round 2-3 (1 year max keeper)
    Round 4-7 (2 year max keeper)
    Rounds 8 on (3 year max keeper)

    Forte: Round 2
    Garcon: Round 2
    Vereen: Round 2
    Gio: Round 3
    Mathews: Round 4
    J. Gordon: Round 7 (IDIOT!!!)
    Woodhead: Round 9
    Stacy: Round 10
    Crabtree: Round 12

    1) I can only keep 2 players. Who do you see the most value in keeping?
    2) Does your answer change since we are allowed pre-draft trades for draft picks?

    • Jay

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      Hmm, I’m leaning Forte and Woodhead here. I can see a lot of conflicts on this list too, so I like Forte being your prime hold here, and then Woodhead for value. The half PPR had a lot to do with it.

      And if you can make trades and such, I would try to find takers for whoever you aren’t keeping (and aren’t looking to poach at draft day), definitely.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: Your answer has piqued (just learned that this wasn’t “peaked”)my interest and raised a couple more questions….

        1) Without the .5PPR which way were you leaning?

        2) With the way Matthews played and with Keenan Allan taking another step forward and with the TE Green taking another step forward and with the addition of Donald Brown, you think there is enough touches there for Woodhead to excel this year??

        3) Stacy is ranked in your tier 2 and Woodhead in your tier 3. Stacy cost a 10th vs Woodhead costing a 9th. Stacy outperformed Woodhead in less games. Why Woodhead over Stacy?

        Really appreciate the insight.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ron:

          1) I’d go Forte and Stacy in non-PPR. One stud, one value choice.

          2) I think what we saw was Allen’s ceiling. I think he can repeat, but I don’t see much more there. And I don’t think Brown will interfere too much with Woodhead. He’s on a team that knows how to use him to the fullest.

          3) Homerism. Don’t be that guy.

  11. ADTrey says:
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    Curious on your placement of Pierre Thomas. He had 77 catches last year and that was WITH Darren Sproles. I’d take him over a bunch of players ahead him. Your thoughts?

    P.S. Love the rankings so far!

    • Jay

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      I actually like Pierre Thomas, as he seems to be the primary back going into the season. I think the ranking was an omission on my part, and it’ll be updated soon. He’s a RB2 in PPR for me, and right on that fourth tier marker.

  12. Rags says:
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    Do you guys do college rankings and/or know where I can find some analysis on college football prospects? My league wants to add a “minor league” component to our keeper league this year that involves a three-round college player draft, and I have no idea where to begin…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Rags: We used to have an apparatus for this, but our dynasty contributors moved on to bigger and better things. As of now, we’ll be releasing a top-200 dynasty rankings, but unfortunately, won’t have much other content currently. This may change, hopefully, as we get closer to the season.

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